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Project Cafe to host election night dinner

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Project C.A.F.E. is hosting an Election Night Dinner Fundraiser, all members of the family are welcome. Place your vote them come to Dave's Diner to enjoy an affordable dinner of your choice with proceeds supporting Project C.A.F.E. community activities.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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Magee, Salka talk state assembly issues at Cazenovia debate

Despite the cold, wet weather in Cazenovia Tuesday night, nearly 100 people showed up at the Cazenovia Public Library to attend a debate between Democrat Bill Magee and Republican John Salka, the two candidates running for election to the 121st district in the state assembly. The debate, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, covered issues ranging from raising the minimum wage, to state electoral redistricting, public funding of political campaigns, state school funding, casinos in New York state, alleged corruption in the state legislature, gas drilling in New York, marriage equality and how to keep residents and businesses from leaving the state due to high taxes.

County board of elections offers extra hours for absentee ballot voting

Madison County Commissioners of Elections, Lynne M. Jones and Laura P. Costello, announce that the Madison County Board of Elections office in the county office building in Wampsville will be open four evenings and two Saturday mornings previous to the general election to be held on Nov. 4.

Nelson town board adopts tentative budget, approves tax cap override

The Nelson Town Board is moving forward with its work on the town’s 2015 finances, and last week adopted the tentative budget and approved a local law to override the state tax levy cap. The tentative budget is only the first stage in the budgeting process, so the current working numbers and potential tax rate for 2015 have not been released to the public.

Village board hears Creekside redevelopment plan update

For the first time in about six months, the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees monthly meeting had no controversial topics on the agenda, no public hearings and no crowds of concerned spectators filling the board meeting room. Instead, the board discussed much simpler local issues such as an update on the progress of the Creekside Planned Development District, water line extension requests, approving an inter-municipal agreement with the town over proposed fire department training, resident concerns about a poor street paving job and a resignation from the village zoning board of appeals.

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Town wrapping up lake weed control efforts for 2014

With the onset of fall, the town of Cazenovia has begun wrapping up its Cazenovia Lake restoration/weed control efforts for the year and started preparing for 2015.

Federal disaster loans available for small businesses

SBA announces loans available for recovery from two weather incidents

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in several counties in New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a result of two weather incidents.

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Buyea resigns as Fenner town clerk

Fenner Town Clerk Joanne Buyea announced last week she will be leaving her position on Oct. 31. Buyea has served as town clerk for more than 13 years, and said she is leaving to spend more time at home with her husband, who is retired.

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FREE center in Fenner breaks ground for new educational building

The Fenner Renewable Energy Educational (FREE) Center has broken ground for construction of an educational building that is being added to the center to teach about renewable energy options.

Cazenovia receives nearly $10K in farmland protection grant funding

The town of Cazenovia recently was awarded $9,700 by the state agriculture department under a new program designed to help municipalities amend local regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations. The grant will assist Cazenovia as it works to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

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Town planning board reviews latest Owera building proposal

Owera Vineyards is back before the town planning board seeking to build a new 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions. If approved, the new building would be larger and more functional than the current events tent — and would be built using state-of-the-art soundproofing materials in order to eliminate the noise issues and complaints the winery has been fighting against for more than a year.

Madison County voter registration deadline is Oct. 10

Madison County Commissioners of Elections Lynne M. Jones and Laura P. Costello have issued a reminder to county residents that anyone wishing to vote in the Nov. 4 general election must be registered by Oct. 10.

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Public invited to participate in Lakeland Park planning session

If you are one of the hundreds of people who enjoy using Lakeland Park each summer, or if you have gazed at Carpenter’s Barn and envisioned what it could be, and especially if you are looking for a fun and creative way to engage in your community this fall, the village wants to pick your brain. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, in the Village Municipal Building boardroom at 90 Albany St., the village will be holding the first in a series of three public meetings designed to lead to the production of a master plan for Lakeland Park.

Town board revises, reintroduces proposed noise ordinance

Changes made to hours and decibel levels of ‘reasonable’ noise

In its ongoing efforts to craft a town noise ordinance, the Cazenovia Town Board on Sept. 8 closed the public hearing on the proposed law, reintroduced a revised and amended version of the law and scheduled a new public hearing for Oct. 6 to continue public comments.

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